Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)



First Advisor

Liam Heerten-Rodriguez, Ph.D.


Emergency contraception (EC) is a common method of contraception that helps prevent ovulation before implantation of an egg inside a uterus. Among college students, EC can be utilized to prevent unplanned pregnancies that could potentially prevent someone from completing their degree. College students can face unique barriers when trying to access EC including transportation, privacy, financial, or mental/emotional barriers. The purpose of this study was to determine what barriers students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) face when trying to access EC, and what future accommodations they would utilize if given the option. The study surveyed 147 UNO students about their educational understandings of EC, previous usage of EC, and potential future usage of EC. Results from this survey suggests that UNO students experience particularly high levels of emotional and financial barriers when trying to access EC. Recommendations from the study can be used to inform and target new healthcare practices involving the accessibility of EC on the UNO campus.